Maybe Vegas could be backup plan for Trump

Mar 1, 2016 3:00 AM

Donald Trump’s priorities probably do not include Las Vegas, not for the moment anyway.

First things first he’s probably telling himself and everyone within earshot as he waits to see how the results of Super Tuesday will affect his run for the Republican presidential nomination.

But there has been no trouble finding speculation during recent days about the possible rekindling of his romance with the Nevada casino business.

Trump had a lot of nice things to say about Las Vegas and his plans for finding a Strip deal, but this was 25-30 years ago, a time when he still appeared to be doing quite nicely in Atlantic City. Las Vegas would have required an effort he did not feel like making.

But maybe the time is right for another look at Las Vegas since he already has a hotel here just across the street from his good buddy Steve Wynn.

There should not be any trouble acquiring enough of the empty space around the Trump hotel to create a casino to his liking. Or maybe Carl Icahn has been on the phone to Donald, saying things like, “Donald, why don’t you let me show you around the Fontainebleau?”

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected]